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The LGiU blog features articles, comment and think pieces from the team and network of guest contributors.

Evidence for change

rainbow testtube

Does local government use evidence well enough to assess whether our policies and practice can meet the challenges ahead?

Thinking outside the box: Innovation Achievement of the Year Award


Innovation is essential for councils to continue supporting citizens in the face of massive resource and funding constrain. Do you know an innovative and pioneering councillor?

Chicken or Egg? Devolution, spending cuts and public service reform


In the run up to the general election, local government needs to make sure the messages on devolution, reform and finance are loud and clear.

A new approach to outsourcing and procurement

Way Signs "Outsourcing - In-House Solutions"

Cllr Gavin Edwards, Chair of Overview and Scrutiny at Southwark Council, discusses new approaches to council outsourcing and procurement

Building: A role for local government?


As LGiU is embarking on a new project to help local authorities build more houses, our attention was drawn to this BBC piece from last week, which asks why it has been so hard to build. The article cites a …

The future of libraries


A new report has launched on the future of libraries. A new beginning or another dusty old tome?

Future Leaders: the Bruce Lockhart Membership Scholarship Award


The Bruce-Lockhart Member scholarship is an exciting opportunity for a future leader to communicate their own vision for local government.

Key to Care debate continues


In December, we published the Key to Care: the Burstow Commission on the Future of the Home Care Workforce  chaired by Paul Burstow and supported by Mears which highlighted issues of living wage and minimum wage compliance.  Among a range of …

Going for growth: The CCLA Local Growth Achievement Award


In straitened economic times local government can provide a vital boost to economic prosperity for hard hit communities. Many councillors work tirelessly with local people, businesses, and the rest of the public sector, tapping into whatever resources are available, in …

Viewpoint: Local democracy for everyone


Spencer Wilson, from Kirklees Council, tells us about an exciting plan to redesign local democracy. On 7 February 2015, we are holding an event for everyone who has something positive to say about local democracy and for anyone who is up …

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